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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Born and bred in Texas. If you see a guy trying not to lose his balance while walking across the cobblestone streets of Philadelphia in his cowboy boots, that would be me. The Oldest Barber in Texas His great-granddaughter hung a sign from his barber pole saying…

Click here to read more... Kevin Grauke: Fiction: Dec 2020

Kevin Grauke: Fiction: Dec 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I grew up in south-central South Dakota. My maternal great grandfather’s family came from Nodaway County, Missouri named after the Nodaway River that flows south. My home town is Mission, population less than a thousand, the largest city on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation. I have not…

Click here to read more... CL Prater: Creative Non-Fiction: Dec 2020

CL Prater: Creative Non-Fiction: Dec 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Fayetteville, Arkansas is my home. I grew up here and then was gone for a very long time. But I came back to live here again and to research and write. I’m a local historian, a novelist, and a poet. Some of my work is set in…

Click here to read more... Jerry Hogan: Poetry: Dec 2020

Jerry Hogan: Poetry: Dec 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: “I am a Chicago native who lived in New Orleans for brief stints (the longest being nine months in duration) at various times during my twenties. Since I was a restless vagabond gal, I constantly moved and traveled to places where I thought I might get a…

Click here to read more... Leah Mueller: Creative Non-Fiction: Dec 2020

Leah Mueller: Creative Non-Fiction: Dec 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I grew up n a small town on the Kentucky-Tennessee border where elections were determined by which politician passed out the most half-pints of liquor. When we were kids we got paid 50 cents a piece to pass out Seagram’s Seven and Coronal Lee. When we weren’t…

Click here to read more... Starla Sloan: Creative Non-Fiction: Dec 2020

Starla Sloan: Creative Non-Fiction: Dec 2020

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SOUTHERN LEGITIMACY STATEMENT When we unexpectedly showed up at Grandma’s house on any given Sunday, she would send one of my older brothers into the yard to catch a chicken or two. She was quicker and more efficient at wringing the chicken’s neck, so she would deftly, with a flick…

Click here to read more... Sheila Arnold: Fiction: Dec 2020

Sheila Arnold: Fiction: Dec 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: When we think of the south, those of us who are older remember sitting on porches to visit or to help others string beans when the crop was in. Our house, in southwestern Virginia, faced a street where we could watch cars pass, sometimes with people we…

Click here to read more... Gail Peck: Poetry: Dec 2020

Gail Peck: Poetry: Dec 2020

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My SLS varies with my mood and the moon. Sometimes I think about how race relations and people’s perspectives have and have not changed. Sometimes it’s as simple as what’s on the table for dinner. Sometimes it’s about the overarching kindness you find and share through even casual acquaintances. Sometimes…

Click here to read more... James Ryer : Poetry : Dec 2020

James Ryer : Poetry : Dec 2020

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SOUTHERN LEGITIMACY STATEMENT When we unexpectedly showed up at Grandma’s house on any given Sunday, she would send one of my older brothers into the yard to catch a chicken or two. She was quicker and more efficient at wringing the chicken’s neck, so she would deftly, with a flick…

Click here to read more... Sheila Arnold : Fiction : Nov 2020

Sheila Arnold : Fiction : Nov 2020

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was raised in the foothills of North Carolina and have spent the majority of my adult life in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Watauga County, NC. This piece locates its narrative along Brushy Fork Ridge, where I built my house twenty years ago. The Tao of…

Click here to read more... Philip Arnold: Essay : Nov 2020

Philip Arnold: Essay : Nov 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I am a double immigrant from Italy and Venezuela who became a Texan 25 years ago. On top of that, I am a first-generation college graduate who received a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. That’s over 30 years of experience as a…

Click here to read more... Elisabetta La Cava : Fiction : Nov 2020

Elisabetta La Cava : Fiction : Nov 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Nicole Yurcaba is a Ukrainian-American poet and essayist who teaches at Bridgewater College in Virginia. Well-Traveled It’s had a long journey, your letter. Today, it arrived nearly six weeks post-maling—at its intended destination, not to its intended person. I am not there, in Iceland. I am 4,852…

Click here to read more... Nicole Yurcaba : Essay : Nov 2020

Nicole Yurcaba : Essay : Nov 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Dear editors at The Dead Mule, Have I ever told you how much I love the South? Probably not, because we’ve never met. I live all the way up here in Alberta, Canada and have so much appreciation for the Southern United States having a food background…

Click here to read more... Lindsay Brown : Essay : Nov 2020

Lindsay Brown : Essay : Nov 2020

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SOUTHERN LEGITIMACY STATEMENT: Mississippi birthed me skinny, Louisiana fattened me up, Georgia married me off, Tennessee worked me like a borrowed mule and Florida retired me. My favorite quote is from Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz. ” The South is a place. East, west, and north are nothing…

Click here to read more... Claire Massey : Flash Fiction : Nov 2020

Claire Massey : Flash Fiction : Nov 2020

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My Southern Legitimacy Statement: We lived up in a holler outside Waynesboro, Tennessee. My dad was a master sergeant in Korea, at 23 years old. They killed everyone else, except Private Simmons, so they put my dad in charge. We never got along, so I hit the road Jack… Those…

Click here to read more... Christopher J. Ananias : Flash Fiction : Nov 2020

Christopher J. Ananias : Flash Fiction : Nov 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I have worked jobs that are always considered women’s jobs such as maid, nanny, hostess, daycare facilitator and now as a librarian. I am interested in identities in the south as well as the interconnection between landscape and identity. I live and work in Savannah, Georgia. How…

Click here to read more... Strawberry Trellis : Essay/Memoir : Nov 2020

Strawberry Trellis : Essay/Memoir : Nov 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: As a student at one of the South’s finest public universities, I rediscovered my childhood penchant for long conversations, piping hot, locally roasted coffee, and kind souls who always have enough time for tradition. The public transportation systems aren’t bad, either. The 32 Bus The 32 bus…

Click here to read more... Jennifer Schneider : Flash Fiction : Nov 2020

Jennifer Schneider : Flash Fiction : Nov 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Erik Peters is a teacher with a love of the American south. Whether it is southern comfort -of either the welcoming kind or the sort which warms your throat around a campfire- or country music, the south’s culture of rugged individualism has become a hallmark of Peters’…

Click here to read more... Erik Peters : Flash Fiction : Nov 2020

Erik Peters : Flash Fiction : Nov 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in North Carolina and spent more than half my life in the south – variously residing in North Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia. I admire Mark Twain for mighty specific reasons and Allan Gurganus for others. I have asked both authors questions. Knowing of our…

Click here to read more... Charles Philip Brooks : Fiction : Nov 2020

Charles Philip Brooks : Fiction : Nov 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in Galveston, TX, and raised in Houston after my family evacuated following Hurricane Carla. I am educated at the University of Texas, Texas State University, and Texas Tech. That’s a whole bunch of southern bona fides. But here’s more. I grew and still enjoy…

Click here to read more... Steve Gerson : flash fiction : Nov 2020

Steve Gerson : flash fiction : Nov 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Native to Virginia and long-resident in Georgia, I’m as Southern as Southern can be. (Let’s not talk about the seven-year stretch in New Jersey.) A prominent Mid-Western poet once told me during a workshop, “I could listen to you read the phone book.” Sam’s Club –Hiram, Georgia…

Click here to read more... Jane Blanchard : Poetry : Nov 2020

Jane Blanchard : Poetry : Nov 2020

Posted in Essays / Memoirs

Southern Legitimacy Statement: I have always lived in the South, having been raised in North Carolina, and now living south of the north pole. Tame I had already drunk a couple of beers when Theresa pointed to a sign that read, Lion Enclosure, and suggested, “Let’s go take some pictures.” We dropped…

Click here to read more... Gretchen Day : Memoir : Nov 2020

Gretchen Day : Memoir : Nov 2020

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My SLS: I was born and raised in Alabama by my herpetologist dad, my artist mom, and a host of relatives and babysitters. After an eight year stint in Massachusetts, the setting of this tale, I brought my Yankee husband back to Alabama where we raised our own children. Note…

Click here to read more... Mary Dansak : Memoir : Nov 2020

Mary Dansak : Memoir : Nov 2020

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born, reared, and educated in South Louisiana, the sixth generation of my family in the New Orleans area. When I was really little, my family used to watch Hee-Haw every weekend, and somehow I learned to sing like those heart-in-her-throat gals. I want to be…

Click here to read more... Mathias Alpuente : Poetry : Nov 2020

Mathias Alpuente : Poetry : Nov 2020